Primary Election Over, Abortion Cases Continue in Courts: The Week in Michigan Politics

With historic victories and heavy losses following the Michigan primary, there was an abundance of political news this week after a mostly smooth election day on Tuesday.

Theodore Dixon, a conservative news commentator from Norton Shores, won the Republican governor’s nomination with nearly 40% of the vote in the five-way primary race.

“Thank you for standing up for what’s right,” she said in her acceptance speech. “And what matters is responding to our drive for ideas, optimism, and vision to get our beloved nation back on track.”

Once a no-nominated candidate, Dixon emerged from a field of 10 nominees for the nomination with a mixture of media pomp, a deep slate of endorsements from top Republicans and a super PAC that spent millions to get her name in front of voters. Dixon got an 11-hour boost from former President Donald Trump that seemed to help her break away from her opponent in the final days of the primaries.

Contenders Kevin Renk and Garrett Soldano, second and third in the preliminary stage, each gave up the race before midnight on Tuesday.

Ryan Kelly, who came fourth in the primary race, announced on his Facebook campaign page early Wednesday morning that he was refusing to compromise the new GOP nominee.

Regardless, Dixon will face Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the November 8 general election.

In other primary news, John Gibbs, a former US Department of Housing and Urban Development official during the Trump administration, snatched victory over incumbent Rep. Peter Major, R-Grand Rapids, in the US House of Representatives’ 3rd district early Wednesday. Major’s loss came after his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump Following the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which made it less favorable to Republican voters.

In the 13th House District, Representative Shri Thanedar, D-Detroit, made history by defeating Representative Adam Holler, a Democrat from Detroit. This win marks the first time in nearly seven decades that Detroit may lack a black representative in Congress.

Thunder will meet Republican Martell Bevings, who is black, in the general election in November. However, given the region’s sharp Democratic tilt, Thanidar will likely take a congressional seat this fall.

Related: Dixon’s GOP pick of government; Gibbs knocks out Meijer: 5 notes from the Michigan primary

Here’s more from Michigan’s Week in Politics:

Michigan governor again asks Supreme Court to adopt abortion law

Governor Gretchen Whitmer again this week called on the Michigan Supreme Court to consider whether the state constitution protects an individual’s right to abortion.

The latest request came after Oakland County Circuit Judge Jacob Cunningham extended a temporary restraining order preventing prosecutors from pursuing charges against health care providers who provide services deemed illegal under Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban.

County prosecutors across the state were briefly given the green light Monday to pursue cases involving a long-dormant state law of 1931 that criminalized abortion when an appeals court decided they were not under the jurisdiction of the claims court, which issued an injunction to ban abortion on May 17.

The Michigan Supreme Court has yet to say whether it will consider the case, though it has accepted several submissions. As of Thursday, August 4, Whitmer’s lawsuit is not among the more than 60 cases awaiting court hearing.

People are frustrated: On hearing, PFAS damage takes center stage

U.S. Senator Gary Peters listens in focus as federal officials speak during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing at Michigan State University’s Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building in East Lansing. (Jake May |

Veteran health concerns and long-standing conflicts with PFAS cleanup at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Iosco County were discussed at the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs field hearing Monday in East Lansing.

The hearing brought in senior officials from the US Air Force, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to testify along with the state’s regulators, experts and advocates.

The hearing comes ahead of major changes to the PFAS regulatory landscape. Bruno Bigot, deputy assistant director in the EPA’s Office of Water, said the agency will propose national drinking water standards for PFOS and PFOA by the end of the year, with the intent of finalizing those rules, which will apply to water utilities nationwide, by the end of the year. . year 2023.

$52 billion semiconductor package is an ‘eccentric’ deal for Michigan

After being tested for COVID-19, President Joe Biden virtually joined Governor Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Representative Dan Keldy, D-Flint Township, on Tuesday at the Hemlock Semiconductor plant near Saginaw to celebrate the $52 billion CHIPS and Science Act package. The legislation will boost domestic semiconductor production and research.

Within the package, $2 billion is specifically earmarked for production incentives for semiconductors used by automakers and parts suppliers. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabeno, both Democrats, hail this piece of the package as Michigan’s big win.

Approximately a third of the world’s chips are made of polysilicon produced at Hemlock Semiconductor.

While at the event, Whitmer signed an executive directive instructing state departments and agencies to utilize all available resources from CHIPS and the Science Act to continue bringing projects and jobs to Michigan.

Monkeypox cases nearly double in Michigan as the virus becomes a public health emergency

Michigan has seen a spike in infections known as monkeypox, with US officials declaring a public health emergency due to the outbreak.

Since Monday, the state’s total number of reported cases has nearly doubled, rising from 37 infected to 71 as of Friday, August 5. The state’s first case was reported on June 29.

Ingham, Ottawa, St. Clair and Livingston counties joined the list this week with the first cases reported, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The addition also contributed to Macomb County’s doubling of total cases to 10, and Detroit’s total nearly doubling from 10 to 19.

Federal officials declared a public health emergency Thursday, allowing for an increase in emergency resources to combat the virus.

Michigan has received more than 3,800 doses of the Jynneos vaccine, distributing them to centers in Detroit, Oakland, Washtenaw, Kent, Kalamazoo, Ingham, Jenny and Grand Traverse counties.

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